*Urban Clusters as Growth Foci

24 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Boris A. Portnov

University of Haifa

Moshe Schwartz

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date Written: 2008-03

Abstract

Urban clusters are geographic concentrations of urban places, some of which may include major cities. Unlike agglomerations, whose geographic boundaries are clearly delineated, urban clusters have “variable” boundaries, with each urban settlement being part of its “own” cluster of populated places, located within its commuting range. As our study indicates, the effect of clustering on urban growth is not uniform: it appears to be positive in low density clusters, and negative in densely populated ones. In particular, outside densely populated areas, towns surrounded by other localities tend to evince higher rates of population growth than their “lone” counterparts.

Suggested Citation

Portnov, Boris A. and Schwartz, Moshe, *Urban Clusters as Growth Foci (2008-03). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 287-310, May 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1395025 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00587.x

Boris A. Portnov (Contact Author)

University of Haifa ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Moshe Schwartz

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )

1 Ben-Gurion Blvd
Beer-Sheba 84105, 84105
Israel

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